The Stone Diaries


The Stone Diaries

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name = The Stone Diaries
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image_caption = First Canadian edition
author = Carol Shields
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cover_artist = Andrea Pinnington (design); David Purdie (photography)
country = Canada
language = English
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publisher = Random House of Canada
release_date = 1993
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pages = 361 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-394-22362-4
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"The Stone Diaries" is a 1993 award winning novel by Carol Shields.

It is the fictional autobiography about the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose.

The book's title may have been inspired by Pat Lowther's poetry collection "A Stone Diary" (1977). Lowther's murder in 1975 was the inspiration for Shields' earlier novel "" (1987).

Awards and nominations

"The Stone Diaries", which is Shields' most famous novel, won the 1993 Governor General's Award for English language fiction in Canada and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the United States. It is currently the only novel to have won both awards, because being an American-born naturalized Canadian, Shields was eligible for both.

It also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

External links

* [http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/09/07/reviews/shields-stonediaries.html Men and Women, Forever Misaligned:] Review by the NYTimes
* [http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780394223803 Randomhouse.ca page on the novel]
* [http://www.pprize.com/BookDetail.php?bk=77 Photos of the first edition of The Stone Diaries]


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